Mitch McConnell To Remain Hospitalized With Concussion, Top Aide Says

Michael Ginsberg Congressional Correspondent
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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky will remain hospitalized for several days after sustaining a concussion, a top aide said Thursday.

McConnell “is expected to remain in the hospital for a few days of observation and treatment. The Leader is grateful to the medical professionals for their care and to his colleagues for their warm wishes,” communications director David Popp said in a statement.

McConnell was hospitalized Wednesday night after tripping at the Washington, DC, Waldorf Astoria, where he attended a dinner. (RELATED: Mitch McConnell Hospitalized After Fall In DC Hotel)

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York offered well-wishes in a floor speech.

“My thoughts this morning are with my good friend, Leader Mitch McConnell, who is recovering in the hospital after an accident last night. This morning I offer a prayer of strength and healing for the leader and his family. I called the leader this morning and spoke briefly with his staff to extend my prayers and well-wishes. My thoughts are also with Leader McConnell’s family and his team. I join every single one of my colleagues in wishing Leader McConnell a speedy and fully recovery,” he said.

The concussion is the latest health woe for the 81-year-old senator. McConnell walks with a limp, the result of polio he suffered as a child. He previously fell outside his home in 2019, suffering a broken shoulder. McConnell’s hands appeared bruised and bandaged in 2020, although the senator claimed nothing was wrong.

Several other senators are away from Congress while dealing with health issues. California Democrat Dianne Feinstein is recovering from shingles at her home, while Pennsylvania Democrat John Fetterman is being treated for clinical depression at Walter Reed Medical Center.